The great blog The Bandanna Almanac from Japan posted a really cool worn-out pair of jeans. The Warehouse jean is worn for 17 years! by Mr. Narita from Japan. Mr. Narita, the owner of the store Brown Tabby, is a very knowledgeable vintage fanatic. His store is an amazing and unique selection of vintage accessories, handmade goods, vintage and new clothing, and some really great vintage footwear. Check out his extremely cool hand patched denim. This is a true masterpiece!! Also the inside of the jean is a piece of denim art. Thanks The Bandanna Almanac for sharing!
Sailor Jerry presents the flash collection by Iggy Pop. The highlighted item is the denim biker vest. It’s made of blue-black uber quality denim like the kind used in the 50’s. The buttons are handmade of copper, pressed with the name, Sailor Jerry. On the back is Iggy’s interpretation of Sailor Jerry’s iconic “Death Shall Triumph” anchor flash. The pins on the front collar are handmade metal anchors. Every vest comes with a pack of 6 patches chosen by Iggy – each based on a different Sailor Jerry flash design. The patches come separately, so you can choose which ones you like and sew them on yourself. They only made 50 of these and inside each you’ll find a small label noting which one of the 50 vests you’ve got. One of the coolest features, Iggy Pop himself has personally signed every one. The vest is made in Los Angeles, CA.
Last weekend denim brand Amsterdenim did again their great denim tanning event, this time at Cosmic Cowboys Store in Amsterdam – NL. Ben Fokkema (founder of Amsterdenim) developed a really cool idea to make the first tanned denim. It’s the same process as they used back in the days to make sailing sails more durable. It’s such a great idea to make a link with denim and this old technique. The perfect combination to promote denim and Amsterdam. Always so nice to see how Ben is so active to establish his brand in an original way. Check below some pics of the event and don’t forget to check out his brand. Till soon Ben!
Our latest collaboration with Beerze beer from Vessem – NL is now available. With this beer bottle opener you can open your cold beers anytime, any place. Cheers!
Available here: www.buttsandshoulders.com/shop
Interesting way of promoting brands and style. Well done Cavemen!
This replica Levi’s Jeans 501, from the Levi’s Vintage Clothing collection, is made in the old Levi’s factory in Valencia Street – USA in the year 2000. It has the legendary 555 button stamp on the back of the buttons. Something for the real collectors. This jean was originally created during the WW2. During the war, each manufacturer had to cut back due to shortages of materials, hence the famous Levi’s stiching on the back pockets were printed instead of stitched. On this particular jean the arcuates are almost completely faded away. They printed the arcuates in order to save yarn. This is also the reason why they used standard buttons (and not original Levi’s buttons). The top button is a laurel button which refers to victory. Even the inner pockets are made from different cotton. The pants have the authentic red line selvedge, hidden rivets, and Big E red tab. Personally this is one of my favourite 501′s in the historic range.
Incidentally, the Japanese denim brand Evisu is inspired by these pants, because of the printed back pockets, something Evisu made world famous. This 501 jean is from Caspar Hehemann who’s working at de denim store Rambam (www.rambam.nl) in Eindhoven- the South of Holland. Thanks for sending these pics Caspar!
Lois Jeans was established in 1962 in Valencia – Spain. The brand was founded by a close family which is still running this authentic brand. In the ’70′s Lois Jeans conquered the world as one of the first European denim brands. The brand was very popular by icons as ABBA, Johan Cruyff, James Hunt and Bjorn Borg.
One of their most famous items is the Torera denim jacket for men, for women it’s the Tejana. The Torera jacket was worn by teen celebrities during the ’70′s. The jacket became a true icon of a manufacturing error. The sleeves were slightly longer than usual, so people like Bjorn Borg wore the jacket with rolled up sleeves. That’s why this jacket also got the name Monkey Jacket. A true and cool story!
Last week I had the chance to take some pics from an original Lois Jeans Monkey Sleeve Jacket. It’s a vintage jacket from the ’70′s, on the pics you can see that the jacket is worn a lot. The sleeves shows some really nice natural honey combs and you can also see that this was one of those wrong manufactured items. The jacket shows some nice different shades of blue, which only appears on vintage items. You can see this jacket, and many other old Lois originals, in an exhibition at the Lois Denim store in Eindhoven – NL. The expo is part of the Dutch Design Week and is running till this Sunday. Great to see that the bull is back!
Red Wing just launched a classic boot as a special in their collection: the #8180 Kangatan model a.k.a. Green Monster! This boot is a kind of homage to the boots, the Super Setter 888, which were developed for one of the greatest baseball hitters Ted Williams / Sears brand in the ’60′s. The original boot was made of lightweight kangaroo hide. The re-issued 8180 is made from Portage cowhide leather, but it has the same unique green colour.
As I am a big fan of the RW moc toes this one was on my wishlist for a long time. Finally they are back and in my collection now. What I like the most about them is that they look like a World War 2 army boot with the green colour and brown detail at the top. Big thanks to Matthijs van Meurs / Red Wing Europe!
Super Setter 888 vs 8180
Next week the second edition of Kingpins denim fabirc show in Amsterdam will be held for the second time. With this 2nd edition there’s something special on the 29th of October, the Global Denim Awards. The Global Denim Awards is an innovative initiative, six of the world’s premier denim mills with six emerging designers. Its aim is to connect talent and industry to create a directional platform for the future of denim design, innovation, sustainability and craftsmanship.
Six emerging designers from all over the world were selected and paired with one of six premier and progressive denim mills each. They were given the opportunity to visit their designated mill to develop an in-depth understanding of fibre, fabric, wash and denim development. Armed with these new skills as well as their mill’s best fabrications, each designer then developed a capsule collection of five total looks, including treatments and washes, which will be presented on the runway on 29 October.
The collections will be judged by a panel of international denim experts based on the merits of the design and the innovative nature of the denim fabrications. The winning designer will be awarded €10,000 and have his/her winning designs displayed at the Kingpins shows in Amsterdam, New York, Los Angeles, Hong Kong and at the Amsterdam Denim Days 2015.
The concept for Global Denim Awards was developed by HTNK, the Amsterdam-based fashion recruitment and consultancy firm, in collaboration with the Kingpins Show. Global Denim Awards by e3 will feature the latest and greatest fabrics by Candiani Denim, Royo Textile, ITV Denim, Bossa, Orta Anadolu and Prosperity Textile.
Looking forward to see the developed denim collections. And ofcourse the 2nd edition of Kingpins Amsterdam. See you there!
More info about the awards here;
Yesterday I built the denim expo at the Lois Denim store in Eindhoven for the upcoming Dutch Design Week. The DDW is a design week where you can check on hundreds locations the most innovative and cool stuff. The denim expo in the store is also part of this event. The expo will display some highlights from the Jean School Amsterdam students and some original vintage Lois Jeans items from the ’70′s. These vintage items are owned by the Spanish Lois family but came over for special occasion. Besides the expo Mike van der Zanden, also student on the Jean School and founder from Dyemond Goods label, will show his craftsmanship in the weekends in the store. The DDW will start today till next weekend. Check it out if you are in the neighbourhood. Have a good weekend!
We teamed up with authentic Beerze Beer brand from Vessem (NL) for this special collaboration. The best of both worlds come together in two fine limited edition products: a leather apron and a beer bottle opener. The apron is handnumbered and made from natural vegetable tanned leather which will age very nice within time. It’s 100% made in Holland. The opener also contains our natural leather and the opener itself is made in Portugal.
To celebrate our Beerze Beer collab we will organise a special event during the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven (NL) at the town coffee roasters: Stadsbranderij Eindhoven. The location is a beautiful authentic warehouse in the middle of the centre. Of course you can taste the unique Beerze Beer and see our handmade collaboration products. Besides that we will provide you with live music, soulfoul dj’s and unique fingerfood.
When? Friday the 24th of October from 17.00 till 24.00. Where? Bergstraat 14a – Eindhoven. Hope to see you there! Cheers.
Burg & Schild store from Berlin – Germany and Indigofera brand from Sweden teamed up in a great collaboration. The collab consists several nice items as the ultimate biker outfit. One of the items is a classic jean. The “Shane” jeans is made from Japanese 16oz loomstate selvedge denim. The cut is straight and a bit wider, just perfect for motorcycle rides. For the promotion of these iconic items they made a roadtrip through Sweden. Check the jean below and their cool roadtrip video. Well done Shane Brandenburg and Mats Andersson!
The new issues from The Heritage Post magazine men and women are out soon. On the cover of the men’s edition is the famous furniture maker Piet Hein Eek this time. Piet Hein is from the same village as my hometown, Eindhoven – NL, and he’s a true craftsman. You should definitely check out his work, he’s using a lot of scrap wood to make new cool products like tables and bookcases. That’s his most famous signature. Both covers from the mags are awesome. Nice job Uwe van Afferden!
Ken Diamond is a true leather craftsman. He began to work with leather in the late 90′s and established Ken Diamond in 2003. The philosophy behind the works of Ken Diamond are simple-high quality leather goods with classic designs, entirely handmade in his Vancouver studio. As leather work is a dying art, he works at keeping the traditions alive while using modern techniques to keep the work simple and minimal. His products range consists belts, wallets, bags and moccasins. I personally like the Oxblood Horween leather item a lot, the colour is just beautiful!
ByBeatle is a fresh new denim brand that launched some nice products. One of those is the Golden Nugget denim shirt. The 8oz denim shirt is inspired by the 1920-30´s. The classic round collar work shirt is a true staple piece – a hommage to working men´s garments worn in and around the Golden Age. The features from the shirt are: 100% Cotton 8oz Japanese Unsanforized Denim, One Wash, Cats Eye Buttons, Single Stitch Construction, Gusseted Side Seams, Chainstitch Run Off Detail and 100% Cotton Lined Collar & Placket. Really nice work guys! Check also their ByBeatle Vol.1 jean made from 17oz Japanese raw selvage.
Last Friday I went to Dusseldorf – Germany to visit Uwe and Stefanie from the great store Uwe van Afferden. They are also the publisher from the cool The Heritage Post magazine. From now on they will sell our Butts and Shoulders Worker and Travel Bag. I am very proud to be in this store as they have one of the best clothing stores, full of unique and authentic stuff. A true candy store for everyone who’s interest in high quality clothing, footwear and accessories. It was great to see you both again and good luck with the sales of our bags. Keep in touch!
Sarva is the new denim outdoor inspired brand from Sweden. All their denims are made in Sweden. This is something really special as in the late 70′s all Swedish factories had to close down due to lower priced competition overseas. Now for the first time in 35 years they can produce jeans in Sweden again together with a small factory that has kept their machines and knowledge from the glory days of Swedish textile production.
One of their denim highlights is the Riekte Sami Selvage. A jean made of a Japanese selvedge fabric from Kaihara, Japan. They have worked with them to develop their own 13.75 oz fabric with the selvedge in their south Sami colors red, blue and green. Peek-a-boo selvedge on the coin pocket and Swedish flag bar tacks to finish of the side seams. The leather patch is made in Sweden with naturally tanned reindeer leather from KERO Company in Sattajärvi. All in all a really nice high-end denim. Good luck guys! And check out their new webshop, it’s now online.
Yesterday I visited the Jean School in Amsterdam because I had an interesting meeting with Mira Copini, who’s the main responsible of this study. Three years ago I did one of the first guest lectures for them on the openings day of this education. It was great to see yesterday that my ‘Worn-Out Projects’ expo, an expo which I did for the Dutch fashion fair Modefabriek some years ago, is still doing his job on the Jean School as inspiration for the students. Thanks again for the great meeting Mira, till soon!
Check the previous Worn-Out Projects expo post here;